Cymai remembered as a ray of sunshine
To her friends, Cymai Weller was a bright ray of sunshine that lit up a room.
To her family, she was a brave and bubbly teenager who always thought of others, even during her 20-month battle against a rare form of childhood cancer.
The 15-year-old Bermudian died on January 12 in England with her family at her bedside.
Today, as her loved ones prepare to hold a service celebrating the teenager's life at the Ruth Seaton James Auditorium, her grandparents paid an emotional tribute to their “third daughter”.
Gary Weller said: “She was really like a third daughter to us. She was so effervescent, so bubbly and always smiling.”
His wife, Marion, added: “She was so strong and courageous for a 15-year-old. Her positivity that she kept up through this whole ordeal was amazing. She never complained once.
“She was so strong. She always had everyone else at heart, and was more worried about them than herself.”
Cymai was born in Bermuda and spent much of her childhood living with her mother, Cymone Weller, and her grandparents in their Hamilton Parish home.
She attended Harrington Sound Primary School before moving to West Pembroke Primary School and then continued her studies at Whitney Institute.
In 2014, the teenager moved to England with her mother and attended King's Church of England High School in Wolverhampton, where she was a popular pupil with a talent for music and dance.
She fell sick in July 2016 and despite initial successful treatment, which put the cancer in remission, she died last month.
Most of her Bermuda family had flown to England to be at her side at the start of this year and Mr Weller himself arrived the day before his granddaughter passed away.
Mr Weller said: “She was turning into quite a young lady.
“She had made some great friends in England since moving there and judging by the tributes we have seen, she was also very popular.
“One thing that was very noticeable to me in reading the tributes was how many students described her as a ray of sunshine despite whatever she was going through.
“She was always smiling, and she could put a smile on anyone's face.
“While she loved life in England, she always talked about Bermuda. She loved her home.”
Mr Weller added: “I'm extremely proud of my wife and my daughter for their support in helping Cymai's mother.
“We all came together for Cymai and she knew we were all there as she slipped away.”